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TPSC Announces Death of Walter Winzen, Company Founder and CEO


Walter Winzen

It is with great sadness that we announce that Walter J. Winzen, founder and chief executive officer of TPSC (Transportation Products Sales Company) passed away peacefully at his home on January 19, 2018 due to heart failure.

After serving in the US Army (1962-1964), he attended Washington University, studying Electrical Engineering and Business while concurrently working at McDonald Douglas on the Gemini spacecraft and at Sherwood Medical managing production of their groundbreaking Digecon System. In 1971 he began working in the railroad industry for St. Louis Railway Supply, and over the course of the next three decades, founded three successful companies that continue to operate and serve the railroad industry across North America: Transportation Products Sales Company (TPSC) in 1986; Automated Railroad Maintenance Systems (ARMS) in 1990; and Railroad Battery Services (RBS) in 2006.

TPSC President Sid Bakker issued the following statement on behalf of the companies: "We are saddened by the passing of Walter Winzen, but confident his leadership will live on in all aspects of the business operations, especially his mission to find solutions that advance the rail industry”

Walter contributed heavily to rail industry associations including AREMA, RSI, and RSSI over the past 37 years. He most recently served as President of the RSSI Board of Directors. Walter cherished his many relationships in the rail industry and worked hard to make everyone around him feel important. He was referred to as a friend and an overall genuine person who was filled with experience, advice, praise, humility, kindness, and respect. He is survived by his wife, Debra, seven children and their spouses, and 10 grandchildren.

NEW PCB TERMINAL BLOCKS FOR POWER ELECTRONICS

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(Nov 2017) WAGO introduces a range of PCB terminal blocks that helps increase power density while minimizing space consumption. Choices include the Push-in CAGE CLAMP® versions in three sizes (up to 4 AWG, 66 A / 600V), or the tool-free wiring version that offers Push-in CAGE CLAMP® with Lever Operation, also in three sizes (up to 4 AWG, 66 A / 600 V). ARMS distributes and integrates WAGO products for the railroad needs.

SHOUTOUT TO U.S. SHORTLINES – FULL YEAR WITHOUT FATALITY

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(Nov 2017) U.S. short lines operated a full year without experiencing a fatality, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced yesterday. The achievement is a milestone for the industry and its 603 short lines, which focus on making every day a safe one, said ASLRRA President Linda Bauer Darr. For almost 3 decades, TPSC has supported the needs of Short Line and Regional railroads and their contracted engineering and maintenance companies across North America.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2017

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(Oct 2017) TPSC and ARMS president, Sid Bakker played a lead-in role to the Exhibitor Review portion of the Railway Interchange video recap held in Indianapolis. TPSC’s staff was on hand to support 23 represented companies who hosted exhibits. Click here to see video.

2017 MARKS TPSC 30th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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(Jan 2017) The year 2017 marked the 30th year in operation for TPSC providing sales representation for products and services to the North American railroad industry. The company founder, Walter Winzen offers his gratitude to all who have provided their trust in us and allowed us to represent or serve them. “We take pride in providing our customers with SOLUTIONS as opposed to merely products, and remain absolutely committed to serving their individual needs."